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making faces :: fall in action

since i've already posted about many of my favourite fall products, i thought i might show you what they look like in use.

for those of you who might be stumbling across this post unawares, here's a look at

eye shades that mimic the colourful foliage of the season
eye shades that make a perfect neutral foil for darker lips

blushes that give a wind-kissed flush in keeping with the season
lip colours that reflect the richness of the seasonal palette
lip colours that speak to our inner bad girl

and with those out of the way like so many fallen leaves, here's a look at how some of those products can be combined...

case #1 :: controversy

this was a ridiculously quick look i did using mac's two new paint pots in "tailor grey" and "camel coat" for a neutral base, with a little of urban decay's "smoke" eye liner to give some definition along the upper lash line.

on my cheeks is illamasqua "peaked" blush in their new 'velvet' cream-to-powder formula. i love the slight ruddiness of this shade, which makes it natural despite being pretty intense. i also love that it's easy to control the level of pigment: blend it out with a brush if it's too harsh, keep adding if it's too soft.

and finally, on the lips is chanel "controversy" gloss. this is a fairly light application of "controversy", because it can go much darker on the lips. consider this your daytime look. at night, the [night] sky is the limit, since the shade can go very dark.

case # 2 :: prune avenue

i'm not sure where prune avenue is located. perhaps it's close to electric avenue. regardless, i think i'd like an address there, because this shade from the yves st. laurent fall collection makes me feel right at home.

the eyes come courtesy of marc jacobs "the ingenue" palette [and illamasqua "wisdom" eye liner]. i love how that palette adds a bit of sheen, but still stays soft. and speaking of love, the blush is actually marc jacobs as well, a shade that should have been included in my fall favourites but joined my collection too late. it's "tantalizing", a deep raspberry shade that gives a nice wash of colour that's rich without being overwhelming. definitely won't be my last foray into the jacobs blush line.

i should add that i also dusted hourglass "dim light" over my entire face, to finish the look and give me a slightly warmed glow. what can i say about these powders? it's really difficult to capture their effects in photos, but they're magical in person. i promise.

case #3 :: the uber basics

here's a very quick look that actually comes together really well. seriously, it takes all of five minutes. the eyes are mac "camel coat" on the lids and chanel "hasard" in the crease. this is a great shade for softly creating depth in the eye.

on the cheeks is yves st. laurent "pepper rose", my new favourite blush in my new favourite blush formula. it's natural, but still gives the complexion a nice lift when applied lightly. i've applied a little more here to get that fresh-faced flush going. i'm enamoured of the fact that the blush contains matte and shimmery sections, which makes the finish very polished indeed and self-highlighting.

the lipstick is armani's "611", the perfect vampy fall red. i should note that my lips are in terrible shape lately, so you can see some dryness. it's not the lipstick's fault. i just have had no luck repairing the damage, even with liberal application of my holy grail nuxe reve de miel lip balm. [on a side note, my nails are also basically peeled back to the nail beds, which looks pretty disturbing.] [on another note, please ignore my hair. it was under a hat most of the day.]

so those are a few of my favourite fall looks thus far. i realise that these all adhere to the "neutral eye + vampy lip" rule, so i'll post a follow-up with some warmer, richer autumn faces very shortly.

have any favourite fall faces you've been trying out? or any remedies for perpetually parched pouts? feel free to comment...


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ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

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i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

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